Airplane Manufacturer signs Seven-Year Partnership Extension with Stratasys for 3D Printing

Stratasys and Boom Supersonic deepen their partnership. Via a seven-year agreement extension, the Colorado-based manufacturer of fastest supersonic airliner will accelerate adoption of additive manufacturing.

Beyond rapid prototyping

Boom Supersonic already harnesses the Stratasys® F900® 3D Printer with the Aircraft Interiors Solution (AIS) package to create hundreds of 3D printed parts for XB-1, the company’s supersonic demonstrator aircraft.

Through the AIS package, the company aims to improve mechanical properties and enables repeatable development of aircraft production parts. In order to make additively manufactured flight-ready parts, the solution offers aerospace professionals the required documentation and training to guide the complex qualification process. Therefore, choosing the F900 3D Printer will enable Boom Supersonic to meet complex production manufacturing needs, leveraging an array of thermoplastics with advanced mechanical properties for parts that can endure extreme heat, caustic chemicals, and high-impact applications.

By being able to print critical parts and components on site rather than purchasing them from a supplier, we can create custom parts, increase our speed from engineering to manufacturing, and focus on building the aircraft and fulfilling our vision,” said Mike Jagemann, Head of XB-1 Production at Boom. “During the first three years of our partnership, we 3D printed more than 200 parts for tooling, prototypes and test benches using Stratasys’ F370 and Fortus 450mc 3D printers, and have saved hundreds of hours of work time, enabling rapid iteration of design cycles. Stratasys’ standing as a global leader in 3D printed aerospace applications made them an ideal partner for Boom, and we’re excited to extend this partnership long-term.”

The team at Boom is doing something that’s never been achieved – successful mainstream supersonic airline travel. But development of aircraft that can safely and efficiently travel at Mach 2.2 requires a new approach to manufacturing processes,” said Rich Garrity, President Americas, Stratasys. “Working together, our teams have put the technology to work for efficient, reliable and repeatable prototypes, tooling and jigs and fixtures. Now, we’re ready to go further – for strong, durable, lightweight production-grade aircraft parts.”

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